Mendocino County, Calif. Suspends Predator Trapping Program

April 28, 2016 10:29 AM

Mendocino County has suspended its longstanding program that traps and kills wild animals and dogs that kill livestock to settle a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that the decision to suspend the program was made last week to settle a lawsuit filed in 2015 over the county's $144,000 annual contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's trapping program, which has operated in the county for nearly three decades.

The lawsuit said the county should have studied how the ecosystem is impacted by killing predators. To settle the suit, the county has agreed to suspend the contract with trappers until it completes an environmental impact study on the program, which will include an assessment of nonlethal methods of predator control.

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